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Daniel Defoe's enthralling story-telling and imaginatively detailed descriptions have ensured that his fiction masquerading as fact remains one of the most famous stories in English literature. On one level a simple adventure story, the novel also raises profound questions about moral and spiritual values, society, and man's abiding acquisitiveness. This new edition includes a scintillating Introduction and notes that illuminate the historical context.
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Posted March 11, 2000
I recommend highly Professor Shinagel's authoritative edition of Defoe's classic work. What is most illuminating about this work is the critical and historical framework he uses to contextualize perception of the Crusoe myth--and the enduring appeal of the novel--throughout the last three centuries. He calls upon a stimulating and varied audience of critical reception--from Rousseau and Coleridge to Watt and Damrosch--to accomplish this. In this respect, Professor Shinagel does Defoe great justice, as this is one of the eminently lucid and enjoyable Norton critical editions you are likely to encounter. An outstanding instructor; as well you can imagine.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2012
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